Tired of turkey? You’re not alone. This year, we’re going to shake things up and trade in our turkey for something a little more fun. Want to join us? Feature these Ontario game meats at your Thanksgiving table! We promise that your guests will be impressed.
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The Purveyor: King Cole Ducks, Stouffville, Ontario
Let King Cole do the work for you and pick up a couple packages of their fully cooked duck wings – or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try your hand at duck confit! King Cole Duck products are available at major grocers across Ontario, but the best stuff is at their Stouffville store. It’s well worth a road trip! Either way, your Thanksgiving is sure to be a memorable one.
Heritage Breed Pork
Bet you thought we’d suggest chicken, didn’t you? Nope. We want you to put Ontario pork on your fork. Heritage breed pigs are known for superior marbling, juiciness and rich flavor. At 5 Chicks and a Farmer, depending on the size of your Thanksgiving feast, you can choose from a whole pig, half, or 30lb box of cuts. There’s individual cuts of chops, sausage, bacon, hams and roasts; with all those options your Thanksgiving dinner could last all weekend.
Petit Brûlé strives to offer the best quality smoked fish produced locally and this smoked Ontario Carp is no exception. Smoked fish is rich in flavour and offers up a great protein alternative for your pescaterian friends. Order online or visit their store to pick up this Thanksgiving treat.
The Purveyor: Artisan Farms, Markdale, Ontario
We firmly believe that lamb shouldn’t be relegated to the Easter table. Ontario lamb, like those raised by Artisan Farms, aren’t as gamey in flavour as their New Zealand cousins, and they’ve traveled a shorter distance to your table. Regardless if you choose lamb, beef, or pork, you can rest assured that your Ontario game meat has been raised sustainably and humanely at Artisan Farms.
Photo Credit: VG Meats
Grill Master Bundle
The Purveyor: VG Meats, Simcoe, Ontario
If you can’t decide which of these delicious options to substitute for turkey don’t worry, VG Meats has you covered with their Grill Master Bundle. The best part? You can have it delivered right to your house. Included in this all-encompassing package you’ll find boneless chicken breasts, chicken legs, pork back ribs, chopped sirloin patties, salt and pepper chicken sausage, mild Italian gluten free sausage, New York strip loin steak, skirt steak.
If you absolutely cannot imagine Thanksgiving without turkey, you can at least step up your gobbler game. Step away from the frozen basketball sized bird in your grocer and head for a farmers market. Kendal Hills offers up free-range, heritage breed turkeys that have been raised right and never frozen. Their turkeys are fed certified organic grains to go along with the apples & sunflowers grown on the farm. That will be one tasty turkey!
We recommend pre-ordering to guarantee availability and then picking up your order at one of the following Farmer’s Markets (a great opportunity to grab some veggies while you’re there):
- Peterborough Regional Farmers’ Market
- Junction Farmers’ Market
- Withrow Park Farmers’ Market
- Leslieville Farmers’ Market
- Sorauren Farmers’ Market
- Stonegate Farmers’ Market
We want to know what you end up cooking, tag @Ontarioculinary in your Thanksgiving photos and show us what Ontario game you served up.